Friday, September 2, 2011

Civilize This (Griddly Games) TOS Review


We love games at our house, so we were excited to try out Wise Alec Civilize This from Griddly Games.  This game can be used  either as a travel game or as an expansion set for the award winning Wise Alec trivia game.

The Wise Alec Civilize This game assesses players’ knowledge of Ancient, Medieval, and Modern cultures. Each card includes questions of two different difficulty levels, making it ideal for family play. Wise Alec cards add a fun twist by having players do exercises, tongue twisters, or brain teasers.


The first thing I like about Civilize This is the small box. It is just the right size to hold the cards and die. We have a lot of games and so many of them come in unnecessarily large boxes. This box is sturdy and has a nice magnetic closure. A great travel game!

The game is fairly simple to play. Play goes back and forth as players answer questions and earn points. The Wise Alec cards add a fun twist, requiring players to do something silly, or awarding extra guesses for subsequent questions. Players win by reaching a point goal, which can differ from player to player, so it is easy to equalize play between older and younger players.

At this point, many of the questions are too hard for Emily (11). But we will be studying world history this year and next, so this will be a wonderful reinforcement of her studies! It is definitely a “learning game,” but Emily still begs to play it. That’s what I like to see!

Griddly Games also produces other fun family games.

 Civilize This is for 2-4 players ages 8 and up and includes four decks of cards and one multi-colored die. It sells for $14.99 at and other retailers.

As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this game free in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.

1 comment:

  1. It's good to know that the questions were a little too difficult for your daughter right now. I was wondering about the difficulty level of the history questions. It sounds like it could still be a fun way to learn or review later on. Thanks!


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